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Perfect intermediate sized travel camera bag
on March 22, 2014
I already own the larger Kata BUG 205 PL as well as the Kata micro DR-461 and both of those are excellent bags in their own categories. I love both bags and have traveled extensively with the BUG 205 as it will comfortably hold most of my travel gear. I faced a problem when traveling on smaller commuter (regional) aircraft which have much smaller overhead bins and the Kata BUG 205 would not fit.
The micro DR461 was too small to carry the gear I needed on those trips.
The DR-465 Rucksack fits the bill perfectly. In the lower padded compartment I am able to load my Nikon D7100 equipped with MB-D15 battery grip and Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. I was able to squeeze in one SB800 flash, Nikon AA battery pack for D7100 and my 10mm Nikon Fisheye lens in the bottom as well. Granted, it is a tight fit but that is all I would normally bring with me on such a trip. I had to remove the extra padded dividers to make room for the items.
The other "stuff" such as chargers will go in my checked bag.
Moving to the top compartments; I was able comfortably fit my Galaxy 10 inch tablet in its bulky Otterbox protective case, Bose QC15 noise canceling headphone in its case, Philips Flexcare toothbrush in its travel case, EZOPower 3.1A 15W Dual Port USB Travel Wall Charger Adapter, a spare shirt, glasses, cellphone, Anker 12000mah battery backup and a few additional small personal care items.
Did I forget anything? Oh well, the other personal stuff can go in my checked bag. If I packed anything else in the bag it would probably exceed the skimpy weight limit of about 8Kg that most European regional airlines impose for carry-on bags anyway.
The DR-465 has a removable inner padded pouch so the bag can be used just as a day bag if no camera if needed.
The top section has a zippered inner pocket which is perfect for stashing my wallet, passport etc. The bright yellow raincoat cover offers great protection for the contents in case of a sudden rain shower.
The bag is well designed for functionality, appears well-made(does not look cheap) and is an attractive accessory bag to carry around. It would have been nice to have lower waist straps in addition to the shoulder straps for more stability.
The DR-465 is a great investment if you are looking for an intermediate size camera bag for traveling purposes.